There is always something to do in the garden. On any given day, there’s plenty to keep me busy. Weeding, watering, deadheading, and harvesting is in a gardener’s job description. And oh, let’s not forget the job of pest patrol – especially if you are an organic gardener, which can mean picking off bugs, slugs and worms by hand.
But there is also a slowness about gardening. And that’s the space I try to settle into every day, if only for ten minutes, despite the many tasks that beg for my attention. I go to the garden because my spirit longs for the calmness that I can only get from being surrounded by nature. I created a simple sitting area with a flower pot and my favorite chair (made from recycled milk jugs) from my hubby. This spot is so special because it was uniquely created with my values in mind.
As I sat here last night, a cool breeze softly passed across my face. When I opened my eyes, I could see the vibrantly colored Rainbow Chard beside me move ever so slightly. At that very moment, we were connected – the wind, my skin and the chard.
It’s important to create a space in the day for your mind, body and spirit to feel well. This space can be a physical sanctuary like a garden or it can be a mental space that you devote to stillness. Where ever that space is, I hope being there makes you feel calm, conscious and cheerful.
Where do you go to find stillness in the midst of a busy day?